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Juneau Folk Ensemble

The Juneau Folk Ensemble was the performing company of the Juneau International Folkdancers for nearly two decades. Its objectives were to encourage appreciation for the multi-ethnic heritage of America through dance; to entertain and educate audiences through performances; and to develop excellence and authenticity in international folkdance.

At its apex, the ensemble had 27 dancers, 13 musicians and a 10-member chorale. It performed throughout Southeast Alaska and in the Yukon, including appearances in Sitka, Pelican, Hoonah, Kake, Port Alexander, Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Pelican and Whitehorse. Its full-length concerts included a wide range of suites, among them:

Juneau Folk Ensemble 1985
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Israel
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Mexico
  • Bohemia
  • British Isles
  • Armenia
  • Bulgaria
  • Turkey
  • South Pacific
  • Poland
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Caribbean
  • United States

The ensemble enjoyed the consistent financial support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

We’re searching for current e-mail addresses for former Juneau Folk Ensemble members. The names in bold reflect former members for whom we have an e-mail address. Please forward to us e-mail contacts for other members at jifdance@hotmail.com.

Lupita Alvarez
Craig Aldworth
Rosemary Antel
Linda Baker
Nancy Ball
Bob Banghart
Pat Belec
Vera Benedek
Mary Claire Bernstein
Tracy Bird
Starr Bjelland
Regina Bodenheim
Cindy Boesser
Bruce Botelho
Sheila Botelho
Cyndi Brown
Roslyn Brown
Joan Cahill
Jan Caldwell
Susan Clark
Daniel Collison
Judy Cooper
Kim Corrette
Cecily Cunningham
John Day
Diane DeSloover
Paul DeSloover
Elaine Dinneford
Ian Dinneford
Bill Drohan
Theda Ellis
Joanne Erskine
Jerry Fiscus
Ann (Fons) Fontz
Janet Fries
Odette Foster
Tricia Funk
Suzie Gaffney
Cindy Gage
Harry Gamble
Mary Geary
Lilla Giles
Ann Graham
Don Greenberg
Ellen Greenberg
Rebecca Greenberg
Kent Greentree
Karen Haas
Kirk Hage
Susan Hall
Kendra Hall
Jan Hanson
Ellen Hardy
Terry Haskinson
Jim Hauck
Judy Hauck
Beverly Haywood
Kathryn Ann Hobbs
Scott Hopson
Dave Hunsaker
Russ Josephson
Agnes Kanikula
Jim Keikkala
Peter Kenyon
Judy Kidd
Tina Kobayashi
Linda Kruger
John Laskey
Terry Laskey
Leslie Lauber
Ellen Lauer
Bob Laurie
Linda Layfield
Beth Leibowitz
Rosalie Leon
Mike Lesh
Max Lewis
John Locher
Joy Lyon
Rich Lyon
Arnie Lysholm
Marilou Madden
Kim Maher
Mila Maiquis
Bob Mattson
Karla McLean
Rob McMahon
Charli Meacham
Chuck Meacham
Mossy Meade

Helen Mehrkins
Karen Miller
Shane Miller
Paul Milne
David Moe
Susan Mullen
Nancy Nayudu
John Neary
Jim Nelson
Elfrida Nord
Alexa Oliphant
Sandy Oliphant
Sue Oliphant
Heather O’Malley
Judy Oyama
Charlotte Pape
Diane Peterson
Roger Poppe
Lee Post
Alison Rail
Amy Randolph
Dick Regan
Judy Regan
Gene Rehfield
Kathleen Rhea
Bob Rose
Gail Sage
Norma Jean Sands
John Sandstedt
Phoebe Sandstedt

Grecia Sandstrom
Russell Sandstrom
Joana Savage
Sally Schlichting
Theresa Scott
Lana Shea
Helen Sheaves
Deborah Silverman
Veronica Slajer
Michael Smith
Sally Smith
Ursula Spannagel
Sandra Stanway
Sue Stewart
Jim Stey
Barbara Swedell
Russell Strandtmann
Jeff Taylor
George Trani
Janice Troyer
Lynette Anneslia Turner
Judy Vick
Lynn Wallen
Kelly Wheeler
Laurie Whistler
Lugene Worth
Dale Wygant
Clarke Young
Ellen Zukoski